Saturday, February 9, 2019

Piper PA-28-161 Cadet, registered to FlightSafety International and operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight, N9219J: Accident occurred February 08, 2019 near Vero Beach Regional Airport (KVRB), Indian River County, Florida

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Vero Beach, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA097
Date & Time: 02/08/2019, 1706 EST
Registration: N9219J
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 8, 2019, at 1706 eastern standard time, a Piper PA28, N9219J, was substantially damaged when it impacted a utility pole and trees during a forced landing near Vero Beach, Florida. The private pilot was uninjured. The airplane was registered to FlightSafety International and operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for local flight that originated from the Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB).

According to the pilot, he was flying in the airport traffic pattern to practice touch-and go landing maneuvers. When on final approach to the runway he noted engine roughness and advised the tower controller that he would be making an emergency landing. He retracted the flaps to zero and lost total engine power about 500 to 600 ft above ground level. When he determined that he would not reach the runway, he executed a forced landing on a nearby gravel road. During the landing, the airplane impacted a utility pole, trees and shrubs, coming to rest in the grass after rotating 180°.

Initial examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the left wing leading edge and left horizontal stabilizer were impact-damaged in multiple areas. The trailing edge of the inboard left wing was bent in a positive direction. The right wing displayed substantial damage consistent with tree impact. The right fuel tank was impact damaged and leaking fuel after the airplane came to rest. The inspector reported that the left fuel tank was full, and the right tank was filled "up to [the] tab," and that the airplane was defueled prior to transport to a hangar for storage.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. The pilot was issued an FAA first-class medical certificate with no limitations on November 18, 2017.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the airplane was manufactured in 1988. It was equipped with a Lycoming O-320 series,180-horsepower engine that drove a fixed-pitch propeller.

At 1653, the reported weather at VRB included overcast clouds at 5,500 ft agl, 10 miles visibility, and wind from 050° at 9 knots. The temperature was 23° C, the dew point was 17° C, and the altimeter setting was 30.20 inches of mercury.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N9219J
Model/Series: PA28 161
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: FlightSafety International
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: VRB, 23 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 5500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Vero Beach, FL (VRB)
Destination: Vero Beach, FL (VRB) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 27.664167, -80.424722 (est)

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 21-year-old pilot who had engine trouble Friday evening as he came in for a landing avoided disaster by crash-landing near the Indian River County Jail, officials said.

The pilot was trying to land on 40th Street, just south of the jail, after realizing he wouldn't make it to the nearby Vero Beach Regional Airport, said Battalion Chief Joe Kovaleski, of Indian River County Fire Rescue.

The small plane knocked down road signs as it skidded into a grassy area east of where the road ends before hitting a ditch and spinning around, according to Indian River County sheriff's officials.

It came to a rest tangled in some shrubbery, but it was not seriously damaged.

The pilot, the only person on board, was not hurt, Kovaleski said.

The plane was a fixed wing single-engine Piper PA-28-161, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

It's owned by FlightSafety International Inc., which operates a pilot school in Vero Beach.

The FAA was notified and will investigate the crash.

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